Drinking Water: Extreme Weather Events Threaten Quality, Says Report

The greatest risks to water quality come from cumulative impacts of extreme weather events that happen sequentially, like a drought followed by a wildfire followed by a flood, says joint Australian-US study. As climate change likely increases the frequency of extreme weather events, resilience must be built into the management of watersheds and water treatment systems for recovery to happen. [Sunday Morning Herald]

Report: Society's Water Safety Net Is Fraying

A new National Research Council report examines possible "tipping points" that might occur if the rate of groundwater pumping rapidly increases. As surface water-scarce regions get drier amidst climate change, early warning water and drought monitoring systems could be necessary to protect precious resources. [Circle of Blue]

Blankenship Warned About Massey Safety Problems, New Memo Shows

Less than a year before the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, then-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was warned by one of Massey's top safety officials about serious problems at his company's operations, according to a new memo that surfaced earlier this year. The memo is now among the key evidence prosecutors hope to use to prove criminal charges against Blankenship. [West Virginia Gazette]

The Bacteria in Our Beef

Consumer Reports tested 458 pounds of ground beef and discovered alarming rates of bacterial contamination. They also compared conventionally produced beef to more sustainably produced beef, revealing significant differences.

Recalls of Organic Food on the Rise, Report Says

Though an analysis by Stericycle indicated an increase in the number of recalls of organic food products in the past year, organic food advocates note that this coincided with a dramatic increase in organic food sales (25% since 2012), as well as an increase in food safety mechanisms.

Food Waste and Beef Fat Will be Making Airplanes Soar

Several major airlines have begun purchasing fuel produced from organic waste like beef fat and food and forest waste. Since these materials would ordinarily release methane while decomposing in landfills, the new biofuels provide an opportunity for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously satisfying airlines' growing appetite for renewable fuels.

Moving Toward Universal, Quality Water and Sanitation Services

People in less developed countries have better access to water than to good sanitation, a fact learned from the "water for development"-themed World Water Week 2015 that concluded today. Without access to both clean water and sanitation, economic progress won't occur. Improved governance, finance and capacity are required to realize those goals. [World Bank Water Blog]

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